Vox Republica 079: Lord of the Games

Episode 079

Erin and Ryan are back! Having just returned from the picturesque shooting location of Middle-Earth known as New Zealand, they’ve decided to celebrate that fact by talking all about Lord of the Rings games.

Length: 34:12

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DESCRIPTION: Tolkien’s Middle-Earth setting has lent itself to dozens upon dozens of games over the last few decades. With myriad games embodying the tales of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (or simply borrowing the theme), Erin and Ryan look at the good and the bad of Tokien-based games over the last 40ish years.



  • Does trying not to go crazy after being on planes for 20 hours count as a game?



  • Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit games have been around since at least 1970
    • Common themes of Tolkien games
      • Earlier games revolved around hex-based wargame or Roll And Move mechanics.
      • Newer games are more diverse.
    • Most of them were designed and released around movie releases
      • How much of that was coincidence and how much was deliberate?
      • The difference in quality between licensed and book-based games.
  • What are the best games based in Middle-Earth?


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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.